Edited by Rev. John Adams, B.D.

Belief and Life

Studies in the Thought of the Fourth Gospel

By W. B. Selbie, MA., D.D.



For the study of the Revised Version a Parallel Bible or New Testament is indispensable, and for those who know Greek the Parallel New Testament, Greek and English (with generous margins), published by the Oxford University Press, is specially recommended. The Cambridge University Press have issued a useful, though somewhat bulky, volume containing the Parallel New Testament interleaved with writing-paper for the use of students. All editions that do not contain the Revisers’ marginal renderings should be carefully avoided.

Those who desire to trace more fully the history of the different English Versions should consult such well-known works on the English Bible as those by Professor Eadie (2 vols., London, 1876), by Dr. W. F. Moulton (revised edit., London, 1911), and (1) Marcus Dods’ St. John's Gospel, in the "Expositor’s Bible" (1894), a sane, practical, and homiletical exposition, full of spiritual insight and wise moderation. (2) E. F. Scott’s The Fourth Gospel (1906), a vigorous and lucid discussion of the ideas, aims, and difficulties of the Gospel — sometimes erratic in its judgments but always concerned for the permanent significance of the work. (3) Prof. Percy Gardner’s The Ephesian Gospel (1915), a most valuable survey of the subject from the modernist point of view, in which much light is thrown on the Gospel from the Ephesian atmosphere in which it had its birth. A most suggestive and reverent book. Finally, among the host of commentaries we would say a good word for that of John Calvin. He is one of the writers on the Scriptures who is never out of date, because he has so clear an eye for the spirit rather than the letter.